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Te Anau Lodge
Ranked #3 of 29 Te Anau B&B and Inns
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
“We experienced the WOW factor”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

We often take long-weekend breaks to experience our wonderful country and have stayed at everything ranging from "ok for a long weekend" to "fabulous advertisement for NZ"; Te Anau Lodge goes way beyond all of that.

A combination of a wonderful lodge, situated in stunning world-class scenery, endless activities provided by a community that has clearly been bred to provide a warm welcome and fabulous service - all this corralled together by our Hosts George and his 2-IC Adam who have perfected a fine balance between always on hand to help vs a discrete distance providing intimacy and privacy to enjoy the lodge and surround grounds - I am reluctant to call it a B&B, more a home-away from home.

On George's recommendation we took a Heli-Tour over local lakes and dropped off on the mountain to experience nature at its most spectacular:

The 200-character limit prevents me from gushing about our time in Te Anau, trust us and do it yourselves.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

My wife and I spent a night at the Te Anau Lodge on our way back to Queenstown from Milford Sound. The hosts were great, and the service was exceptional. The property was right near town on the lake, with a beautiful view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Upon check in, we found we had the whole house to ourselves, and we were given a great bottle of Pinot Noir to enjoy before heading out to the Redcliff Cafe for dinner.

We wish we had spent more time at the Lodge and in Te Anau, as we found it to be a lovely town. We plan on coming back Te Anau with our kids, and we will be staying at the Lodge!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

We spent 16 nights across NZ (both islands) in mostly B&Bs and a few hotels. Te Anua Lodge is a boutique B&B in a relocated former convent and is very close to the town. Our host Adam, extremely helpful guy and super friendly; he upgraded us to the Cathedral room which had a Jacuzzi and charming views of lake Te Anua and nearby mountains. Adam gave us the town orientation and recommended restaurants for dinner. A cute well-behaved pet dog is also around the property! The breakfast area ie the Chapel room, lounge and every room is individually decorated. Complimentary wines and cakes in the lounge and library make the stay very comfortable and enjoyable, no concept of mini-bar here, which was a welcome touch! Adam had been a pilot in his past experience, and can help advise and arrange scenic flights. He told us, in summers, helicopters even pickup/dropoff from the Lodge’s lawns, which would be pretty awesome!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed in the Cathedral room and loved the view, the lounge is great too for tea and cake and relaxing and we also used the giant chess board outside which is great fun! (Even if we are very bad at chess!). Adam was in charge when we we there - what a nice guy - great to chat to over breakfast and couldn't do enough to help us. We also loved wandering round the grounds, had a great visit to Milford Sound with Jucy tours and an excellent pub meal in The Fat Duck. We are really missing New Zealand and its friendly people!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Unique and beautiful guest house. Historic, but with all the modern amenities and comfort you need. George is a charming and knowledgeable host. Very helpful guiding us to local restaurants and sights. Even helped us track down obscure Lord of the Rings sites for our teenager and quite the gentleman to the grandmother on our trip. Food was delicious and plentiful at breakfast and tea time cake was much appreciated. We enjoyed relaxing and reading in the guest lounge immensely. Wish we had a living room like this one!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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England
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We stayed here in April. It was brilliant, and I echo the other comments and reviews. The guest lounge was comfortable and the complimentary cake, tea/coffee and wine a real treat. Having breakfast in the converted chapel was also special. Great place to stay. George was also one of the best hosts and one of the nicest people we met on our tour round NZ. I forgot to write in the guestbook so this review is by way of apology, I would have liked to have written all this in the book. Great stay - we loved it

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Absolutely perfect stay. Beautiful and interesting accommodation. Perfectly clean. The host, George, went out of his way to make our stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. He was very knowledgeable about local restaurants and attractions. There were fresh muffins, tea, wine, beer and he even laid on breakfast before sun-rise for our early departure.
Ideally situated between milford sound and queenstown. We wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Te Anau Lodge
Address: 52 Howden Street, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Te Anau Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the genuine warmth of traditional hospitality in the relaxed and tranquil environment of our 1936 relocated former convent, in one of New Zealand's most scenic locations- stunning Fiordland.We proudly promote our 9 rooms as being a mix of historic charm, combined with modern convenience, luxury and comfort. Based on 7 acres, yet only 15 minutes walking time to Te Anau town centre you`ll enjoy our secluded location, and appreciate all activities in town with ease. Take time to enjoy the little additions we`ve provided to make your stay memorable. Enjoy a game of giant garden chess, listen to the water fountain in our pond while reading a book on our 2 person swing seat, soak up the sunshine in our private gazebo, curl up next to the fireplace in the Lounge Library, and enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony overlooking the estate.Above all else you`ll find the level of interaction with your host, and the friendly staff, one of the most memorable aspects of staying in a Lodge this size.A unique accommodation experience. ... more   less 
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